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Articles by Caitlin Sims

Pure Vaganova

November 1, 2015 by

Galina Alexandrova delivers a rare take on classical ballet training in the Bay Area.
Twenty-six years after she left Moscow, City Ballet School director Galina Alexandrova still gets a dreamy lilt in her voice when remembering … Continue reading

Restless Ambition

October 1, 2015 by

Dana Foglia models her work ethic in a three-month mentorship program for aspiring professionals.
She has shimmied in stilettos with Rihanna, choreographed for J. Lo, danced with Janet Jackson and toured the world with Beyoncé. Yet … Continue reading

L.A. Story

June 30, 2015 by

Jenifer Ringer’s fresh start on the West Coast
When Jenifer Ringer retired from New York City Ballet in 2014, to New York audiences it felt like the departure of an old friend. She had brilliant technique … Continue reading

Nurturing the Gift

February 28, 2015 by

When hypertalented ballet competitors achieve acclaim at a very young age, what is left for them to master? A great deal, according to their coaches.
Aran Bell bounces into the 2011 documentary First Position on a … Continue reading

That’s What Friends Are For

January 29, 2015 by

Two studio owners who forgot they were competitors
Every studio has a story. And when two or more are gathered in a 15-mile radius, behind-the-scenes drama and regional rivalries often figure prominently in their histories. In … Continue reading

It Takes Heart to Win Trophies

October 1, 2014 by

Three successful competition studios that differ in size and location have at least one thing in common.

For studios big and small, attending conventions and competitions is a chance for students to explore beyond the walls … Continue reading